NORMAN, Okla. — Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford
attempted to go through quarterback drills with Oklahoma on Monday as he rehabs
from a sprained right shoulder.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said after practice
that Bradford "was doing more today than he's done."
"Don't read anything into it," Wilson said. "There was
more going on but I think as you do more, you see the next day where it is or
(after) two days where it is. I think any time you come off deals, you try to
push through things. Do you push and is it positive, or is there a little
"Until you get to the point where you start pushing
through it, we'll see how it plays out."
Bradford has missed the last two games for the No. 10
Sooners (2-1) after spraining the AC joint in his throwing shoulder just before
halftime in the team's season-opening loss to BYU. Coach Bob Stoops has said
Bradford would be out two to four weeks, putting the timeframe for his return at
approximately the same time as Oklahoma's next game at ninth-ranked Miami (2-0)
on Oct. 3.
Bradford's teammates said he went through team drills for
the first time since he was hurt on Sept. 5, but his participation was limited
to short throws without requiring him to make a full follow-through.
"I didn't see him just all the way extend, but I've seen
him throwing some little 5- or 10-yard passes. That's promising," said Ryan
Broyles, the Sooners' leading receiver with seven touchdown catches.
Wilson said it would be "interesting" as the Sooners go
through the week to see how Bradford recovers. He thought Bradford would need to
be practice for at least a couple days before the Miami game to regain his
timing with the Sooners for him to be able to play against Miami.
Redshirt freshman Landry Jones has replaced Bradford and
set a school record with six touchdown passes in Saturday's 45-0 win against
"I think he definitely has to practice. How much? I
don't know. Coach Stoops and (quarterbacks coach) Josh (Heupel) can decide
that," Wilson said. "The comforting thing is you know Landry's playing well
enough that we can definitely have a chance against any opponent. The key deal
is not Sam and not Landry at quarterback. It's the surrounding parts of our
football team and playing well in all phases."
Jones said Bradford was doing the Sooners' quarterback
drills Monday, but that hasn't changed the way he is practicing.
"Right now, I am preparing like I will be the starter
for Miami, just in case Sam's not back and not ready," Jones said.
Stoops said Bradford "continues to do well, but we're
not getting into any speculations" about whether he'll play against Miami.
"If it is Landry, he's handling it really well," Stoops
said. "He's been consistent and solid. I think more than anything, it's the
players around him and the last couple weeks the players around him have played
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